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Friday, 16 September 1949


Mr CHIFLEY - I did receive a report yesterday afternoon about the unfortunate accident that resulted in the death of a young and valuable member of the Royal Australian Air Force. The whole matter is being fully investigated by the properly appointed authorities, and I do not think I should make any comment pending their finding and report to the Minister for Air, who will order a further inquiry should it be necessary. I am not competent to express an opinion on the technical aspects of the honorable member's question regarding formation flying and the carrying of live ammunition. I do not know whether formation flying is obsolete or not. I shall ask the Minister for Air to examine the honorable member's question and answer it after he has conferred with Air Marshal Jones.







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